Treloar was initially booed by the Magpies’ faithful – an odd decision considering he had not wanted to leave the club – but that soon disappeared, and he was warmly hugged by his former teammates after the final siren.
“Whether there are Collingwood supporters that are a little bit critical of the way he plays, I don’t know but I think most Pies supporters have a genuine affection for Adam,” Beveridge said.
“He has been high up in their best and fairest, he has been extremely productive for them, he has always played well against us in the past when we have played them,” he said.
Treloar was used on a wing and at half-forward but can expect to spend more time in the middle when he returns to full fitness.
“The last couple of weeks were challenging, the players over there mean a lot to me,” Treloar said.
Beveridge was also full of praise for veteran recruit Stefan Martin, who along with the improving Tim English ensured Magpies ruckman Bridie Grundy was unable to again have a match-winning impact.
Midfielders Bailey Smith, Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Lachie Hunter were prolific, leaving Buckley to call for more urgency from his men.
Key defender Darcy Moore was brilliant with his intercept marking for the Magpies but Buckley was left to lament his side had been on the “ropes” for most of the match, the Dogs having booted the opening three goals.
“The guts of it was in and around the ball, they were cleaner and harder. We have prided ourselves on that for a long time, and we knew that was a big element in their game and focused heavily on it in our preparation, but they were far cleaner to find time and space,” Buckley said.
“The worrying stat for us was that they laid three more tackles than us despite that dominance in possession. We had a 104 tackle attempts for 53 tackles – we tackled around 50 per cent which is as low as I can remember. Our effectiveness of our pressure is something that we need to look at.“
Jordan De Goey was used in bursts through the midfield, with Buckley saying it was too early to judge whether this should continue for the season ahead, amid supporter concerns that this left a major hole inside attacking 50.
The Magpies now face a potential crunch clash against Carlton at the MCG on Thursday.
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Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.